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Landmark theatre to celebrate 80

Get in involved in this gem of a movie palace's birthday party:

The Landmark Theatre, the last remaining downtown movie palace, will be celebrating its 80th birthday on Feb. 18.

The Theatre, designed by Thomas Lamb and built by movie mogul Marcus Loew, opened its doors to the public on Saturday, Feb. 18, 1928 with the silent film "West Point," and by mid-morning hundreds had formed lines outside the Theatre. For 25 cents admission, patrons were directed by uniformed ushers through the lobbies, absorbing the wealth of colors, materials, and furnishings. For more than a year, the Theatre showed only silent films; its first "talkie" was "The Broadway Melody," on March 30, 1929. Times have certainly changed in the entertainment world in 80 years.

To mark the occasion, the Landmark Theatre invites the public to our party during Winterfest Friday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. for birthday cake, coffee, and guided tours of the building. Join us as we celebrate 80 years and the latest accomplishment in our renovation efforts; the acquisition of the Loew's Office Building.

The Theatre will also be holding monthly celebrations including monthly tours, annual July golf tournament, Halloween ghost hunt and oholiday movies. Visit the Web site at landmarktheatre.org for continuous updates and a calendar of events.

The Theatre is also interested in hearing from past ushers, volunteers and patrons about their most unforgettable show at the Landmark Theatre, or their funniest story, scariest ghost encounter, or memorable moment.

Did your grandparents meet in the lobby at a movie? Were your parents married here? Did you get to shake Josh Groban's hand? Get Willie Nelson's autograph? Let them know. E-mail Jake DeRose at jake@landmarktheatre.org to relay your story, or call her at 475-7979 ext. 105.

The Landmark Theatre is in the midst of an exciting period in its history:

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